This weekend I had the distinct pleasure of a brief encounter with two women who I believe exemplify the true meaning of independence...daring to do things differently than most...breaking the mold and taking a giant leap of faith to create something that you believe in!
Bright Spot - On Friday, July 3rd, I went to an Office Depot. The last 2 times I needed copies and binding, I went to Staples. That morning I discovered there was an Office Depot was much closer. I hobbled in and explained what I needed done to the clerk, who was unbelievably helpful, by the way. It was going to take a little while. A beautiful woman approached the counter to place her order and she asked about by foot. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, she asked if I knew anything about the local opera company. I said that I didn't because I was from out of town. As fate would have it, we got to talking. This delightful woman proceeded to share a little and then I couldn't help but inquire further. Her name is Marilyn Ward, the president of the St. Petersburg Opera Guild which is celebrating its 50th anniversary and who has over 200 members. She wears many hats in her role. She organizes fund raisers to support the educational program for the young Opera Company (celebrating its 10th year). The annual Silver Bells Fund Raiser along with membership dues are able to contribute over $15,000 to these aspiring opera singers annually. There are high school and college level competitions that are professionally judged and acceptance to the Company is highly regarded and sought after. Marilyn is also responsible for providing refreshments to the opera cast members during performances.
Bright Spot - Monday, July 6th, I went to the post office to send a package and instead of going right back to the house, I decided to "practice walking" as prescribed by the physical therapist. There is a small strip of shops, most of which are closed on Mondays, so I began my window shopping adventure...LOL There was one storefront that caught my eye...a cafe called NIRVANA.
|Rosie in her cafe and juice bar|
Rosie and her son are nearly finished creating a website that exemplifies their philosophy. Buddha-Life.com is great. You will find inspirational quotes, products, an invitation to share your story, etc. Check it out!